Venice Festival to Close With Ann Hui's 'The Golden Era'

Ann Hui

The director from Hong Kong, whose 2011 drama "A Simple Life" screened in competition in Venice, will also head the jury for the well-regarded Horizons section.

ROME – The out-of-competition world premiere of Hong Kong director Ann Hui's The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai) will be the closing film of the Venice Film Festival, officials announced Wednesday.

Hui will also head the jury for the festival's Horizons section. 

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The Golden Era recounts the life story of Xiao Hong, a radical Chinese writer from the first half of the 20th century. She is portrayed in the film by Wei Tang, the 2008 winner of the Chopard Trophy for young actors and actresses in Cannes.

The Golden Era is the first official lineup announcement for the 71-year-old festival, which runs Aug. 27-Sept. 6

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Hui, the first woman to win a lifetime achievement prize at the Asian Film Awards, is a leading figure in the Hong Kong New Wave movement of the 1970s and 1980s. She is no stranger to Venice: her 2011 film, A Simple Life (Tou ze), screened in competition at the festival and took home four prizes.

Now, Hui, 67, will head the seven-person Horizons jury, which will select a best film honoree and four other awards from the section that focuses on new trends in cinema, with special attention to debut films and independent features. The section is capped at 20 feature-length films -- all world premieres -- and a selection of shorts of up to 20 minutes in length.

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Hui is the second jury president to be announced by Venice for this year's festival. On Monday, the festival said Cannes jury prize winning director Alice Rohrwacher would head the jury that will award the cash prize for best debut film.

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